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Mexico City Celebrates First Ever Day of the Dead Parade
Mexico City holds its first Day of the Dead spectacular, thanks in part to a James Bond movie (CCSS Level: Grade 8, Words: 313)
Oct 31, 2016 World News
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Mexico City held its first ever Day of the Dead parade on Saturday, October 29, 2016. The huge crowds were treated to floats, giant skeleton puppets, and more than 1,000 actors, dancers and acrobats all dressed in spectacular costumes.

Such a sight has not been a part of traditional Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico City. The city came up with the idea after last year's James Bond movie, "Spectre." In the film, whose opening scenes were shot in Mexico City, Bond chases the bad guy through crowds of people in what looked like a parade of people dressed in skeleton and other scary costumes.

Normally the Day of the Dead is a time when families have quiet celebrations or get together at the graves of loved ones who have died. But this year it was all quite different thanks to a Hollywood movie.

"When this movie hit the big screen and was seen by millions and millions of people in sixty-seven countries, that started to create expectations that we would have something," said Lourdes Berho, Chief Executive Officer of the government's Mexico Tourism Board. "We knew that this was going to generate a desire on the part of people here, among Mexicans and among tourists, to come and participate in a celebration, a big parade."

The government board that organized the event called it part of "a new, multi-faceted campaign to bring tourists to Mexico during the annual Day of the Dead holiday."

Many thousands of people came out to watch the parade, which included a group of men dressed as ancient Aztec fighters complete with large headdresses, doing tricks on rollerblade skates. Many people bore faces beautifully painted with variations of skulls. Such was the success of the festival that it is likely to become an annual event in the city, to rival the famous Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

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